Week 9: All The Bright Places Review

Hey readers! It brings me immense exultation to say that I’m finally in love with YA fiction. My views on this particular genre have been de-stigmatised and I’m happy to say that I can finally give an unprejudiced review. Today I’ll be reviewing All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I found my myself comparing this book with The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and why wouldn’t I? TFIOS has been most hyped YA book ever. This is an unpopular opinion and it might fuel criticism for my blog in the hearts of all John Green fans but I really think that All The Bright Places was a somewhat better read than TFIOS.

The book is set in the small town of Barlett, Indiana. I just loved the way Jennifer Niven started the book. I think it is one of the wittiest beginnings I’ve ever read and it grasped my attention instantly. Theodore Finch, a mentally disturbed and suicidal outcast, coincidentally meets Violet Markey on the ledge of their six storey high school Bell Tower and hence the story begins. Finch has always felt ostracised at Barlett High and meeting Violet was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Violet has become reclusive since the tragic demise of her elder sister by a car accident. She finds it hard to cope up with her social life, her career and always looks for a way to get out of the interminable mundane school projects. When the Wander Indiana project comes her way, she is forced to take part in it and has to partner with Finch. This beautiful story is about how Violet learns how to live from a boy who wants to die. After a while, the project just becomes an excuse for Finch to spend time with Violet.

I think Theodore Finch is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. While Violet’s pretentious friends are busy amongst themselves, all Finch can think about is her. He keeps pushing her because he wants the best for her and I think that is just amazing. Throughout the book, the other characters treat Finch as a freak around whom you should be really careful so that you don’t tick him off. I couldn’t disagree more. Finch was a very impulsive character but he was the realest one I’ve ever read. Even when he was overwhelmed by darkness and anxiety, he was full of life. I know it’s not possible but I would love to meet him in real life.

Netflix released the movie adaptation of this book on 28 February 2020 and I would discourage everyone from watching it as the book is WAY better than the movie and it should be read by everyone!

My rating: 9.5/10

9 thoughts on “Week 9: All The Bright Places Review”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one 🙂 I think I tried this a while ago and ended up not finishing it- but I think I should definitely give it another go after reading this review

  2. This has been on my reading list since sooo long. And yeah, I agree that TFIOS may be a little hyped up. Love your work as usual!!

  3. Hi! Thank you for your kind words about my blog, I’m so glad to hear you’ve been enjoying reading my posts. I’ve been neglecting my blog quite a bit lately and so it’s nice to see I have my posts are still being read really 😁.

    Your blog is looking great, keep it up! All The Bright Places is a special book to me, it was the first book I read with my now husband back when we were just friends. Finch is also one of my favourite all time characters! Thanks for writing such a great review for a wonderful book.
    All the best 😊

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me. This is the kind of motivation that keeps me going. I’m glad that you enjoyed my blog.

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